Hi Time for Tea fans...So excited to share with you today a project featuring a combination of images from two new releases.... The main image is Beats Bella and the kitty is from the add on Sleeping Simon kitty image from the Reading Rosie and Ralph set. Both images are colored with Prismacolor Pencils. I then fussy cut the main image out and fussy cut Simon. I found this wonderful pattern paper in my stash and added it to my card base. I then added the LOVE to the front; which was a paperclip that I snapped the back off of. I used my fussy cutting skills to trim away her hands from her body and phone and tucked that cute little kitty right there on her lap! Simon has a little bit of foam tape behind his body to keep him up on her lap and it also makes her hands stand up a bit from the rest of the image.
You can find these and all the new release images in the new Time For Tea Designs website here:
So anyone that knows me knows I love a few things for sure....all things cat/dog...and coffee..... I have accumulated a good number of coffee themed shirts and we have more mugs than any one family should ever have, but I can't help myself...
I love when the Coffee Loving Cardmakers get hopping...always a good reason to pull out my coffee themed images and get busy. This time I started with this wonderful chipboard from Creative Embellishments. I was lucky enough to win a prize from their online party a little while ago and picked out this awesome saying "Life Happens Coffee Helps"... I started by painting the piece with High Impact Black paint from Tattered Angels and set it aside to dry. I then printed this fun "Time for Tea Girl" from Time For Tea Designs. I colored her in with prismacolored pencils and fussy cut the image out. I then assembled my card by first covering the card base (5 x 7 white card with matching envelope from Canvas Corp Brands) with some scrap pattern paper I have from the Prima Legdger Pad. I then used liquid glue to add the chipboard and a tape runner to add the image. I then used some black ink to distress the edges of the entire card.
Be sure to check out all the amazing entries along the hop...I end up making quite the list of must have new coffee themed images by the time I am done hopping along!
So if you are like me...you can't make a trip through Target without stopping at least once in the dollar spot section. When the fall and Halloween items were put out I picked up one of these plain white pumpkins so it would match everything. Little did I know that I would be inspired to switch up this pumpkin with some wonderful sprays. Here is what I started with:
I used a piece of recycled bubble wrap and sprayed it with irRESISTible NEON Electric Blue and irRESISTible Pear
Tart texture sprays. I then pressed the bubble wrap into and all
around the pumpkin to achieve the desired coating and pattern. I paid
extra attention to the grooves of the pumpkin making sure to coat the
surface evenly, but allowing bits of the white to show through.
used a piece of white wire trim and curled it to look like the little
vines on a pumpkin. I added the trim and a coordinating leaf from my
stash to the pumpkin using liquid adhesive.
I love how this piece now
looks and the transformation from bland to grand with some fantastic
color and texture was done in less than a half hour.
This project was shared on the Canvas Corp blog October 31. I am always on the lookout for unique containers to alter for gift giving. I spend a good bit of time at thrift shops and love when I come across well-made pieces that feature hinges that can be easily removed for altering. I hit the jackpot at our local Goodwill one Saturday and scored this fantastic container marked at $3.99 with a green tag that was half off that day. Now, let me show you how upcycled it to follow the theme – Old Becomes New.
Begin by removing the hardware from the box.
Be sure to keep these in a safe location because it is easy to misplace a tiny screw.
Once the metal has been removed, paint the entire piece with white paint so you have a clean slate to start with.
Select the Glimmer mists and Simply Sheer to use on the tissue paper.
I use a box for all my spraying to contain the spray.
For this project, I sprayed four sheets of the tissue.
Sit the tissue paper aside while it dries.
Once the tissue is dried, trim pieces to match the container.
Adhere the tissue to the container using a liquid adhesive.
Once this has dried, continue to decorate the container.
I changed the color of the natural hank using black ink.
I used the same black ink to smudge the edges along the entire container.
Replace the hardware on the box.
Using liquid adhesive add trim to the top and bottom as shown.
Using the same adhesive adhere the flowers to the front of the container and to the lid.
I am thrilled with how this container has been transformed.
I hope you will look for containers that you can alter when you are walking through thrift shops and consignment stores.
Hello Canvas Corp friends…I'm up again today on the Canvas Corp blog with another Friday with Friends post.
This week I thought it would be fun to share with you how wonderful the
Mixed Media Origins papers work with Prima Watercolors. I decided that I
would use the double pumpkin image.
Canvas Corp Mixed Media Origins Mini Art – Pumpkins
Prima Watercolor paints: Tropicals, Decadent Pies, and The Tropics
I like to use a dropper to add water to my watercolor pans and then
transfer the individual colors to the mixing areas within each set. I
had a general idea of the colors I wanted to use, so I added water to
about five of the orange, yellow, and brown pans to start with. I
started with the pumpkin on the right and started building up my colors,
remembering to leave some spaces for highlights. The Mixed Media
Origins Mini Art papers are perfect for watercoloring as it is thick and
almost cloth like in feeling and texture. The watercolor floats on the
surface of the paper for a good bit allowing you to move the paint a
good bit before it finally starts to dry.
I continued adding colors until I felt I had some good depth to the
shape. I then moved on to the pumpkin on the left. I started this one
by layering the lightest color from the right pumpkin onto certain areas
of the image. These watercolor paints are amazing for layering of
color. When working on a piece like this it is easy to move from one
side to the other allowing parts of it to dry a bit before adding more
color to the image.
I decided for this pumpkin that I wanted it have a blue and greenish
tint to it, so I added multiple shades of blue and green leaving some
highlight areas on this one as well.
I used the remaining paints I had mixed in the pan to color the
leaves and the background behind the pumpkins. I love how they turned
out. I am not sure whether I will try and add this piece to a card
front or frame it to sit on my side table in the living room during
fall. These watercolors really are wonderful to work with and the color
stays very vibrant when the image dries. I went back in with some
white gouache paint to add some extras little accents on the stems.
Here is my final painted piece.
I hope you will take a look at the Mixed Media Origins papers and try them with Prima watercolors.
Happy crafting…. Lynda
For this cover, I decided that I was
going to try a technique I have wanted to do for a while – paint with
coffee. I mixed some instant coffee with various amounts of water to
create different colors to use on my project. I even died the trim on
the edge of the cover with coffee.
I dipped the lid of a mason jar into the coffee and pressed it into the paper to create the rings and dripped coffee from the paintbrush onto the cover to add more texture and designs.
The centers of the flowers are given
dimension from the actual instant coffee smashed into the wet coffee
paint. I love how it all worked out!!!
It is hard to believe that it is already October. This past year has been so full of challenges and changes here in our community in Northern California. In less than one week it will be a year since the terrible wildfires burned through our area. So much has changed and so much has yet to change.
One thing that has stayed the same is my need to be creative as a way to express myself. This has always been a great way for me to let off stress and relax. I've been creating a lot of mixed media and altered projects lately for the design team I am on. It is fun to take something and repurpose it into something totally new. Giving a new life to something is a great feeling.
We had a challenge on the Canvas Corp crew to create something using a foreign language that we speak, so not our native language. For my project I created a cute little notebook that has the saying "My Love"....in Spanish (which I speak a little of), French (which both my girls now are taking in school and speak) and Cat...which my family thinks I speak. Whenever one of the cats start meowing everyone always asks me what they are saying:
I also created this watercolor book using a stencil:
I've been doing a lot of coloring as well...even had a few pieces submitted for publication in a European magazine. I will know in a couple weeks if the cards were picked up or not. Lots of other projects will be shared once they are posted on the Canvas Corp blog.
For my birthday the family bought me a subscription to a watercoloring kit that will come each month. Each box has four projects and enough supplies to make the project twice. I am looking forward to working on my watercoloring skills and creating some new art for our walls and my office.
I hope you have enjoyed these projects and I will share the others as soon as I can.
I've been a terrible blogger. I've been creating and creating for months, but haven't been sharing my projects here on my blog, but some has been shared on the Canvas Corp blog, some for a trade show in Europe and even a few for a magazine in Europe.
I've also been helping a LOT with the local pet rescue efforts. I helped to setup the online albums and tracking spreadsheet for the recent Redding fires here in California. I have also been helping with the local TNR group in our area; we work as a team to support the efforts in the community.
I've realized a good bit about my creative style in the past few months which is always good. I like to create when I feel most grounded. I like to color when I'm with my family watching tv or a movie. I like to needle felt when I need a distraction. I love to paint mostly when I'm alone and don't have to worry about not hearing someone when they are talking or following along with a movie.
I like to work on projects a little at a time, rarely completing something quickly, but dabbling a little and then coming back to it after putting it down for a while. I often take photos of my work in progress so I can look at it more objectively later and often find exactly what is missing when I look at it later.
So...what have I gotten done in the months since I posted here last...well here are some of the projects in no particular order:
I created this frame using burlap for Canvas Corp. I made the flowers from red burlap and the centers are from the frayed pieces cut from the sheet used to cover the frame. This was published along with a tutorial on the Canvas Corp blog.
Time for Tea designs released some clear stamps this year and I created these cards using those cute new images:
Each month Canvas Corp gives it's designers a theme for a challenge which we can participate in. The challenge one month was music; you had to use lyrics or something musical in your project; so I used actual sheet music for my cards:
Each month I create a tutorial for Canvas Corp Brands. I created this burlap table runner as my tutorial one month using their awesome blank runner and some leftover upholstery fabric I had from recovering my dining room chairs:
I love to upcycle things, so this was a fun project I made for Canvas Corp that used a Crystal Light lemonade packet container:
Time for Tea designs card for their blog:
Some Odd girl released this cute image:
I adore this image from Some Odd Girl and created this card for one of my monthly projects for them when I was on their design team:
I recovered a Travelers Notebook that I received that had a small imperfection on the cover using this amazing paper from Canvas Corp Brands. I wrote a tutorial for this that was on their blog.
When I was selected for the Canvas Corp Brands design Crew we were asked to create a canvas in our style, so I created this. I made the paper roses, used frayed strips of bulap for the side and lots of inking and distressing on this.
There is a LOT more than this, but some of the projects have not been shared on the other blogs yet, so I can't share them here with you. So as you can see, I've been coloring, inking, painting, and sewing a lot in the past few months....just not blogging about it. My goal for the balance of the year is to publish at least once a week to my blog with my latest projects.
I colored the image with Copic markers. Then I fussy cut it out. I then picked this scrap piece of denim from Canvas Corp and punched a hole in the center. I then added a strip of burlap scrap for the tassle on the bookmark. The image was added to the fabric using Beacon liquid glue.
He has already made his way across the hall to my youngest daughter's room...
Each month there is a fun community challenge at Some Odd Girl. For January we are talking photo inspiration. It cold be anything from the shape of something to the colors. Just find something in a photograph and let it inspire you to create something using a Some Odd Girl image.
I love birds. I found this beautiful image online and decided that I loved the colors and blurry background, so those are the elements I used from it to inspire my project:
For my project I used the Kiss a Prince Tia image. She was printed onto white cardstock using Copics. I then put little dots with the same marker colors around her to create a background. I then trimmed around the image. I used Distress Oxide inks to create the main card base background. I found these super fun stencil brushes that are perfect for creating kind of a muted smudgy looking design which was exactly what I was looking for. I then added the printed sentiment to the front. All the elements added to the front are mounted using foam tape for dimension.
You have until the end of the month to load your image on the facebook page here in this album!!!